Are You Eligible To Make A Work Accident Claim?

No matter what precautions are put in place, accidents at work can and do happen under varying circumstances. Injuries caused by these work accidents can range in severity from minor lacerations and sprains to broken bones, amputations, severe burns and sometimes sadly, even fatalities.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident at work and you suffer from a workplace injury, you may be able to file a work accident claim for compensation.

Can I Claim For An Accident At Work?

In the U.K., employers and business owners are legally responsible for the welfare and safety of their staff and any visitors to their premises. The legal clause states that all businesses must compulsorily hold insurance and conform to Health & Safety regulations to ensure that they meet those guidelines. If you feel that your employers failed to meet these responsibilities and that is has led to the accident at work, you can receive compensation by filing a work accident claim.

In certain circumstances, even if you contributed to your own accident at work, you may still be able to claim injury compensation for an accident at work if your employer is deemed to have been the main instigator of your injury.

What Can I make A Work Accident Claim For?

You may have a valid basis for a work accident claim if you are injured at work for example for any of the below mentioned reasons and have suffered a personal injury:

  • Slip, trip or fall
  • Dangerous practices and procedures in the workplace
  • Defective or poorly maintained equipment
  • Dangerous machinery at work
  • Noxious environment or toxic substances
  • Falling object
  • Non-adherence to Health & Safety regulations
  • Negligence of co-workers
  • Insufficient or improper training
  • Assault at work
  • Accident while operating a forklift or crane
  • Faulty lifting and manual handling practices brought on by lack of training
  • Industrial injuries such as hand arm vibration syndrome or vibration white finger

Please feel free to call/ contact us if you want further advice or are indeed looking for accident at work solicitors to handle a claim that you feel you may have.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Work Accident?

How much compensation you might be able to claim for a work accident varies due to different factors. These will include how severe your accident at work is, do you need to take time off from work to recover and if you do for how long, who else may be affected by your work injury such as family members and so forth.

The best way to get a good idea of the amount of work accident compensation you might receive is to have a free initial consultation with one of our solicitors or trained advisors by phone so that we can assess your situation properly.

Work Accident Claim Time Limit

In the U.K. there is a standard 3 year time limit within which you can file a work accident claim. If you have not initiated legal proceedings within 3 years, your case may be considered to be time-barred and you may not be entitled to any compensation.

The 3 year deadline commences from the date that the accident occurred, or from the date on which you realised that your injury was associated with the workplace accident. The second clause is particularly useful in cases that have involved exposure to asbestos. This is because you might not find out for many years after exposure to asbestos that you have contracted mesothelioma, an asbestos related disease.

In fatal cases, the 3 year limitation commences from the date of death. In case the death was due to mesothelioma, the 3 year deadline would commence from the date of the post mortem as the mesothelioma may have gone undiagnosed until they died and it was only discovered during the post mortem.

If the person dies while in the process of dealing with their work accident case, the 3 year deadline begins from the date of their death to allow their family time to continue with the claim.

Every personal injury compensation case has its own circumstances and will proceed differently depending upon these circumstances and the reactions of the employers. While some are settled amicably and within a matter of months, others can take several years.

Accident At Work Claim Calculator

Some common types of work injuries include:

  • Head injuries
  • Burn and scald injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Loss of sight
  • Spinal and spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations
  • Fatal injuries

As with any personal injury claim, the amount of compensation awarded will vary from one accident at work claim to the next so it is never possible to calculate 100% accurately what compensation amount your accident at work claim might be awarded.

However, there are brackets for which various degrees of injury will fit into which are set out by the Judiciary Study Board. These can be used as a guide by accident at work solicitors to provide early estimates on various kinds of accidents at work.

The table displayed below displays average compensation amounts that personal injury claimants might be awarded, and can be used as an accident at work claim calculator.

Type of Injury Claim Amount
Injury Possible Claim Amount Post Traumatic Stress disorder (minor to severe) £1800 - £5000
Complete loss of sight in one eye £26000 - £29000
Hearing loss (minor to severe £4200 - £21000
Whiplash (minor) £900 - £4050
Whiplash (moderate) £4050 - £11750
Whiplash (severe) £13150 - £80000
Hip or pelvis injury (moderate) £14250 - £21900
Fractured shoulder £2550 - £6800
Broken arm (simple fracture) £3450 - £11500
Fractured index finger £5500 - £6100
Serious toe injury £5150 - £7100
Wrist injury with ongoing problems £6250 - £12500